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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Make sure to get screened

January is cervical cancer awareness month, so you know what that means: pap smear time.If you are a guy reading this, you are off the hook. But I'm asking you to please remind your wife, sister, mom or female friend to make an appointment for a pap smear.Last year there were 12,586 new cases of cervical cancer and more than 4,000 deaths.  These statistics are for the United States alone. It is such an easy cancer to catch early.The pap smear (as awful as that name sounds) has been profoundly effective.  It’s a simple, easy test that your gynecologist performs in the office. So come on, the pap smear is a gift, and as Nike would say, "Just DO it."The two most significant risk factors for cervical cancer are smoking and contracting the human papillomavirus (HPV) , a virus that is passed to a partner during intercourse.  HPV is the precursor to cervical cancer.  There’s good news here as well.  There is a vaccine for the HPV virus which is 91 percent effective, so please get tested!  If ...

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